Apple Brings FaceTime to Android and Windows, Aiming to Bypass Zoom
During the WWDC keynote, Apple officially ad it wants to allow Android and Windows users to make and join FaceTime calls through the web.
Since launch, FaceTime has always been available only for iOS and Mac users. However, with these changes, Apple is opening up its ecosystem to reach more users and generate interest in its services.
The ability to join FaceTime calls from a non-Apple device makes FaceTime a direct competitor to Zoom. But, of course, this feature is not yet active, and it could go live this fall with the launch of iOS 15.
Another feature Apple promised at WWDC was the sharable links for scheduled FaceTime calls. In this way, you can share a meeting link with other people so that they can join in time.
Users can join FaceTime calls through Android and Windows browsers
The Zoom has experienced breathtaking growth during the coronavirus pandemic and has added millions of new users across the globe. Apple therefore does not want to be left behind and intends to make its video calling application more accessible.
Of course, adding support for Android and Windows devices wasn’t the only update for FaceTime. Apple’s popular video calling app is updated with a bunch of new and useful features. You can find the changes on the Apple website.
Apple needs to be a more open ecosystem
Apple is very conservative when it comes to opening doors for other operating systems. In fact, Apple knows its ecosystem as a closed tribe that doesn’t like to come into contact with other tribes.
Well, maybe that’s why even some famous people in the industry claim that Apple is acting like a monopoly. Of course, Apple CEO Tim Cook has always denied that claim, but that’s what Apple is known for.
The recent war between Apple and Epic reveals some interesting information on Apple’s strategy to launch its applications for other operating systems. Going back to 2013, Apple decided to cancel its plans to bring iMessage to Android. The reason for this decision was that Apple believed it could hurt the business.